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Driver passed out by police station
Authorities had to remove man asleep at wheel
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George Lawrey Murray - photo by Submitted
A 20-year-old man was arrested early Monday after authorities found him passed out in a vehicle near the Cumming Police Department.

George Lawrey Murray of Magnolia Place was charged by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office with one count of driving under the influence of drugs.

He was released from the Forsyth County Detention Center about 5:30 a.m. after posting $2,750 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

About 2 a.m., authorities came upon a Ford Taurus in the middle of Veterans Memorial Boulevard near the police station. According to a sheriff’s report, Murray was asleep in the driver’s seat with the car in gear and his foot on the gas.

They also saw a glass pipe sitting in a cup holder, the report said.

Murray was described as groggy. He reportedly fell back asleep after deputies banged on his window several times.

A deputy eventually broke Murray’s front passenger window with a baton and removed him from the car.

When asked what he used the pipe to smoke, Murray said he didn’t remember.

Deputies noted that Murray seemed to go in and out of consciousness, his eyes were glassy and his pupils were dilated.

Authorities also found a hypodermic needle and a 12-gauge shotgun in the car. Both were taken into evidence and the car was impounded.

Murray was first taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he was given a blood test.

His next stop was the jail.